This is what God gave me today in his word:
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (1 Timothy 6:6-7)
First Paul talked about godliness alone. Now it seems he’s added something onto it; contentment. What, I wonder, does it mean to be content and Godly?
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)
Like with godliness, let’s list some attributes of contentment:
- Acceptance; accepting what you have and not necessarily wanting more.
- Happiness; not only simply accepting what you have to be all that you have, but also being happy and satisfied with what you have.
- Peace; not worrying about if you’ll have food for tomorrow.
- Knowledge; the knowledge that God will provide what we need.
Now let’s make a slight alteration to each of those four things, and review them:
Godly acceptance: to have Godly acceptance is to know that whatever you do or don’t have, is God’s will. Take Jesus as an example: he accepted that dying on a cross for us was God’s will for him, and so he let himself die; giving up his Spirit of his own free will. To have Godly Acceptance is to accept every situation as God’s will. – This, depending on the situation, is often very hard. That’s why we have to pray everyday for God to give us strength.
Godly happiness: Paul and Silas, while they were chained and in prison were, of all things, singing. Imagine that? How could anyone be so happy in prison, as to burst out in song? They had Godly happiness. Something no one can ever take away from you; Godly happiness is not only understanding that whatever the situation is, it’s God’s will. But also having a Godly happiness about it. At funerals, Christian’s will sometimes sing the persons’ favorite songs. How can they do that? They understand that the person is in Heaven now, a far better existence then being on earth; they accept that it’s God’s will, and so they can sing and even be happy for the person.
Godly happiness may seem like a fantasy that doesn’t really exist; that’s not true. Through Jesus’ death and Resurrection, we can be happy, even joyous, in every single situation. No matter how dire. Me in my family, a few years ago if I remember correctly, were literally drowning in debt. Nearing bankruptcy. My dad laid all the bills on the kitchen table, and all of us prayed about our situation to God; he provided for us. Through that provision, we could be happy about the situation. – Our sin threatens to choke us, however, through God’s provision; Jesus Christ, we can be happy about our situation.
Godly peace: being content means having peace in every situation. Not matter how hectic. Just look at Jesus on the cross; he wasn’t weeping over his death. He could have called down 10 legions of Angels and stopped what was happening, but he didn’t. Rather, he prayed for his killers; asking God to forgive them. In other words, Jesus Christ was at peace. He had a Godly peace that allowed him not to panic at his death. We have Jesus living in us, thus we too can have peace in every situation.
Godly knowledge: God promises to take care of all ours needs in Philippians 4:19 and in Matthew 6:25-34. This knowledge that in every situation, God will provide, is what allows us to be content with what we have now.
There is great gain in Godliness with content. Keep that in mind during hard and easy times.
You are Loved!